Waseda University, Department of Architecture

April 5, 2010

Introduction by Masayuki Irie.

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© Dr. Masayuki Irie.


The aim of the education (MA)

I: study in the “Waseda Architecture” tradition, and develop the ability to fulfill what modern society expects of architecture and the built environment

J: Have both a global perspective and a point-of-view that appreciates region-specific history and culture, and develop the ability to contribute internationally

K: Have the opportunity be involved in the practice of architecture and urban design, and understand the professional skills of architects and their mission in society

L: Obtain the ability to make creative proposals based on a deep knowledge of design and aesthetics of architecture

M: Develop the ability to absorb proactively advanced knowledge in architecture, urban design, and related fields-of-study

N: Develop the ability to identify, investigate, and analyze broad-ranged issues enrooted in human activity and the region, based on existing base of knowledge in architecture, urban design, and related fields-of-study

O: Develop the ability to solve problems of architectural design and planning pragmatically through collaborative work with faculty and other students

P: Develop the ability to exert leadership in collaboration with experts of different fields-of-study and the general public to propagate one’s idea broadly to society

Source: Dr. Masayuki Irie


Shown are projects from the 3rd year class “Sekkei Seizu II” (Planning and Designing II) and “Shushi Sekkei” (Final Project for master degree.) 3rd year students have four projects in a year, and master students are placed in a laboratory of a specific field.

The student's first project in 3rd year is to design a “museum.” Site is small and program is fixed, but the aim of the class is to provide those students with first contact to their “domestic visions of atmosphere and forms.” They are reviewed by professors every week and continue making progress with the instruction of teaching assistants. Three of the selected projects are memorial museums for the late Basque sculptor Jorge Oteiza, with the main construction material being steel.

For the Final Projects at master's level, students define their own theme as a requirement for their diploma. This project is a comprehensive survey of their six years of study. Searches for contemporary design moves, needs in lifestyle as a member of society, and site investigation are totalized in one project. The quality of the project is heavily related to the depth of originality and awareness in theme. Two of the five selected projects are examples of these Final Projects.

Dr. Masayuki Irie


Chiaki Ishii
Masaaki Matsuoka
Munetaka Onodera
Makoto Sakui
Asahi Shinoda